In Royalton, New York, the owner of a seven-month-old puppy faces animal cruelty charges after witnesses recorded the man beating the dog. Jay Kenneth, 33, was arrested by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office deputies after listening to a submitted audio recording of the suspect’s repeated strikes as the puppy was heard screaming.
According to the Buffalo News, officials with the SPCA stated on Wednesday, the audio alleges sounds of repeated strikes with an unidentified object as the puppy’s screams could be heard while Kenneth shouted. Witnesses later told a deputy they saw Kenneth grab the pup, named Spike, by the scruff of the neck when the two had been outdoors and drag the dog up a flight of stairs.
Kenneth did have an apparent dog bite wound on his hand, and it is suspected the puppy bit him while being abused. As the deputy interviewed Kenneth, the frightened puppy hid between the deputy’s legs. The SPCA investigator seized Spike, who will remain in their custody. A veterinarian examination did not reveal any significant physical injuries. According to WivbNews, however Niagara County SPCA Executive Director Amy Lewis said Spike seemed “slightly weary of initial physical contact,” which could be a sign of abuse.
“When he came back to the shelter from the vet, I had to go and say hi to him,” Lewis said. “He was very happy to see me, but submissively urinated when I reached for him. Once we made friends, he was in my lap.”
(Photo of repeated strikes on puppy screenshot via WivbNews)
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